Photographer: Sedgfield, William Russell
Medium: Photographic print
"Caversham Bridge, says Thorne, is 'of extraordinary deformity.' The county of Oxford and Corporation of Reading had, he believed, the maintenance of it between them, and had never been able to agree as to the method of doing so: 'the Oxford half is an old-fashioned stone and brick structure; the Berkshire half is a sort of make-shift wood and iron skeleton, the whole presenting an appearance similar to the lady in the engraving that used to be exhibited in the windows of the print-shops, one half of the lady being represtented in full dress, the other bare bones.' A struggle took place upon the bridge between the Parliamentary and Royalist forces, in which the latter, who were endeavouring to raise the siege of Reading, were defeated. Below the bridge is an island, of four acres in extent, in which 'was fought a wager of battle, between robert de Montfort and Henry de Essex, in the presence of King Henry II.'"
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'The Thames Illustrated by Photographs'